Ex-lawyers for rapper Marion 'Suge'

Knight accused of witness bribery Two former lawyers for rap mogul Marion "Suge" Knight were indicted on charges of conspiracy to bribe potential witnesses in his upcoming murder trial, the Los Angeles County District Attorney's Office said on Monday.

Matthew Fletcher and Thaddeus Culpepper were accused of trying to pay off people to provide favourable testimony at Knight's trial for murder charges stemming from a fatal Los Angeles hit-and-run, prosecutors said in a statement. Culpepper said the charges in a Jan 24 grand jury indictment were "pure retaliation" by prosecutors.

"We've come very close to being able to prove criminal procedural fraud on their part," he said of the district attorney's office, declining to provide further details on his allegations.

Bill Cosby's retrial proceeds

Lawyers for Bill Cosby argued in court on Monday that documents - including his accuser Andrea Constand's phone records and Cosby's travel records - contradict her testimony about when she says the entertainer sexually assaulted her.

The lawyers asserted that the phone records and travel schedules for Cosby and Constand showed the encounter could not have happened in January 2004, as Constand has said.

Judge Steven O'Neill of the Montgomery County Court of Common Pleas ultimately rejected the motion to dismiss the case and said the issue should be addressed at trial.

A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on March 07, 2018, with the headline 'Buzzing'. Print Edition | Subscribe